PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Prosecutors have refiled charges against a former Philadelphia police officer. Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna is accused of using his metal baton to hit a Temple University student in the head during last year’s protest.Philadelphia Students To Remain Virtual As Mediation Process Between School District, Teachers' Union On Phased Reopening Nearing End
A judge dismissed the charges last month, saying prosecutors did not present enough evidence of a crime.
Bologna is once again facing aggravated assault and related charges.
“Philadelphians demand evenhanded justice and we are trying our very best to give them exactly that. Our oath to seek justice requires nothing less,” Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said.READ MORE: Delaware County Company Develops 'The Hurricane,' Device Using UVC Technology To Kill Coronavirus
Philadelphia police union president John McNesby says the Fraternal Order of Police is continuing to support Bologna.
“This is not unexpected from a District Attorney, who craves media attention and is facing a primary challenge from inside his own party. DA Krasner is clearly running away from his failed record over the past three years and this latest decision to re-charge this officer is not based on facts or evidence,” McNesby said.
Bologna is due back in court in March.MORE NEWS: Fourth Bucks County Resident, Raechel Genco, Arrested For Alleged Role In Capitol Riot
The 21-year-old student was identified as Evan Gorski. Krasner said last year Gorski’s head wound required about 10 staples and 10 sutures.